Get ready for the next big change to privacy policy laws

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Privacy Policy

Has your inbox recently been flooded with emails from companies letting you know that they have made changes to their website’s privacy policy? There is a reason for that – the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is about to go into effect.

Are you scratching your head because you’re not sure what a privacy policy is in the first place?

Let’s break it down a bit.

What is data privacy and why does your business need to be concerned?

Laws are changing with rapid speed—sometimes monthly—and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the changes. If your site collects any information, even if it’s just an email address on a contact form, your company needs to have a current privacy policy.

Several privacy laws are now in place to protect the personal information of citizens of certain states with fines that can reach $2,500-$7,500 per website visitor.

Nearly a dozen states have proposed their own unique privacy bills, some of which will allow its citizens to sue businesses for having a contact form without a compliant up to date Privacy Policy.

Businesses will have to comply regardless of size and location.
The next privacy law goes into effect on JANUARY 1, 2020 (California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): $7,500 per infringement).

What is the CCPA?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) takes effect on January 1, 2020. It’s the first significant law in the United States to embrace the idea that each of us should own our “personal data.”

Europe’s GDPR, which took effect last year, shares the same premise. Even if your company isn’t based in California, your privacy policy will need to protect you from this law.

Is your website ready for the next big privacy policy law?

We recently partnered with Termageddon. They provide legal policies that are embedded into your website. They automatically update when the laws change, so you’re always protected from privacy-related fines or lawsuits.

From Termageddon:

“Quickly generate and embed all the policies you need for your website. Then walk away, we take care of the rest. As the law changes, we automatically update the policy for you and notify you of the change.”

If you want to see what a Termageddon-powered privacy policy page looks like, feel free to swing by our website. Ours is up and running and ready for action.

Protect Your Business

If you’re interested in adding a much-needed layer of protection to your website and your business, we can help get you squared away.

A license with Termageddon costs $99/year. There is a one-time fee of $100 for us to set it up. We’ll create the policy pages, insert/test the code and ensure your policies stay up-to-date with changes to the law.

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